Donnie Brown Named Director of the Wayland Mission Center
January 13, 2017
PLAINVIEW – As a Wayland Baptist University student in the early 1990s, Donnie Brown talked with faculty member Dr. Gary Manning that one day he would return and take Dr. Manning’s job. That didn’t exactly happen as Dr. Manning retired in 2012, but Brown has finally made his way back to the School of Religion and Philosophy as the new Director of the Wayland Mission Center and Kaleo Program.
Brown takes over the director’s position that was held by Dr. Richard Shaw, who will now be able to spend more time in the classroom and focus more heavily on his duties as Director of the Kenya Program. Brown has spent the past 15 years as the Director of Baptist Student Ministries at Wayland, a position he didn’t want to leave.
As Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy Dr. Clinton Lowin was writing the grant for the Kaleo program, which focuses on developing young men and women into church and religious leaders, he approached Brown about moving into the director’s position.
“I said, ‘No, I don’t want to,’” Brown said.
As time went by, Brown assisted Lowin in the search for a new director. He recommended several people, but none of them worked out.
“He came back to me and said he thought I was the person for it and I said I’m not,” Brown said. “But we seriously prayed about it and I talked to my wife. I asked my boss at the BGCT, when he switched from being a BSM director to being an administrator, how did he know. He said he just went back over his life and looked at how God prepared him for that time.”
Brown followed suit and realized that he has been involved in student ministry. He’s been involved with missions work. He has partnerships around the world. He has students serving in missions. He has been a pastor and an interim pastor – all areas with which he will work as Director of the Mission Center and Kaleo Program.
“I really had to say, OK, God, I’ll do it,” Brown said.
As director, Brown says he will build on the solid foundation set by Dr. Shaw, working with academic schools, external campuses and local churches to foster missions locally and throughout the world.
“It’s not me leading them, but instead giving them the resources they need and partnering with them to share the gospel around the world,” Brown said. “It’s a partnership and expanding on that to get more people involved in doing missions.”
Brown can be contacted at 806-291-1168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.